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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Start New Catalog with More Hostess Bucks!

Everyone will find something to love in the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog, which starts today! Email me at to pick a date for your party. You're welcome to host it at my studio!

Dates: June 1 - July 31, 2012
Details: During June and July, hostesses who hold a minimum $450 workshop will receive an additional $50 in hostess FREE merchandise dollars--that's in addition to the $65 they already receive for a $450 workshop!
Your Hostess' Party Sales
Regular Hostess Benefits
Additional Hostess Benefit
Total Hostess Benefits
$65 plus 1 item at 50% off
$115 plus 1 item at 50% off
*Excluding tax and shipping

Things to Remember:
  • Customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders qualify for this promotion. Online orders are NOT eligible.
  • Orders must total $450 or more (excluding tax and shipping) to qualify.
  • Hostesses may use their additional hostess free merchandise on any regular catalog/mini catalog merchandise. However, hostess dollars cannot be applied to 50 percent-off items.
  • Orders larger than $450 are not eligible for additional hostess free merchandise dollars. For example, a $900 order will not receive an additional $100 in hostess free merchandise dollars.
The new catalog is available TODAY online. I'll keep it in my right-hand column, or you can click the photo below. I have my first order going in this afternoon, so if you want anything, please let me know! I'll be at the studio from 10 a.m. to noon. You can come pick up a new catalog for only $2.50. Thanks.

New boutique look for part of my studio; Retired sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Tomorrow, Friday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, I'll be at my studio. Come by and pick up a new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog for only $2.50, and shop my retired items. I have a ton of them! When you buy $50 in retired stuff, you'll receive $5 Stampin' Bucks from me toward an order in the NEW catalog. After $50, you'll receive a Stampin' Buck for every $10 spent. It all adds up!

Here's a quick list of what's for sale: Stamps, wheels, punches, paper, Big Shot dies/sizzlits/embosslits/letterpress plates/texturz plates, ribbon, decor elements, brads, clips, ink pads, fabric, and so much more! If you're looking for something in particular, please email me at to ask if I have it, and if it's for sale.

I've been wanting to change up things at my studio for awhile now, and finally got time on Monday to clean out some cobwebs (literally) and rearrange things. Only part of the studio is done. I think I could spend days organizing and clearing things out! I love these little concrete shoes. I found them for only a buck at a sale last weekend.

Here's a view of most of what I did. The secretary I recently rehabbed is on the left, with various shelves and tables around the two walls. It's like its own room now. I moved two 8-foot tables (you can see a chair and stamps that are on the table in the bottom right corner) farther from the wall on the left. Hopefully I'll sell enough retired ones to clear off the tables! I have stamps on tables, coming out of drawers, stacked in bins and small tables... it's crazy.

I brought this bird house from home. It sits on the top shelf with a ribbon wreath I made.

I had the watering can at the studio and added some plant pokes made from aluminum flashing, 12-gauge wire. I only have four three chicken wire frames for sale, because Shirley wouldn't return one after a show I had.

The little round table has a bunch of stamps below the card rack. I've got stamps everywhere! There's a metal cake plate on the right of the desk filled with single stamps. I have two small wreaths on the desk, along with some banners, a couple retired punches, and retired ribbons, black jewels and stitched felt.

The round table and louvered doors were purchased last week. I need to make some hooks to hang all of my wreaths on the doors. I have lots of standard and jumbo wheels for sale too (all retired, of course). I've got a basket of mini albums all made up and for sale on the bottom of the end table too.

My punch-art turtles and bears were popular at the Heirloom show a couple of weeks ago. A lot of people took photos of them. A few people even paid the whopping $1.50 asking price! My daughter and I had fun making them. I just used a couple of mini glue dots to stick them to the front of a sealed skinny cello bag filled with plain M&Ms.

I hope you'll come by tomorrow - and bring friends! Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Aviary with Thoughts & Prayers

When I saw this card, I just thought it was so cute, so I prepped it for my club members to make this month. First we stamped flowering branch from Thoughts & Prayers in Pear Pizzazz at the top of the card, then tried to match the stand from Aviary below it, lining up the stem and stand. The flower actually covers where they kinda meet. I love the combo of stamp sets, because it's unexpected. Thoughts & Prayers is pretty much a sympathy set, and Aviary has adorable birds and cages in it. I CASE'd the idea from LeeAnn Greff and also saw it on Pinterest. I used Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait and Riding Hood Red, with the Itty Bitty Punch flower and rhinestones. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.


THERE ARE ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO BUY RETIRING STAMP SETS! More than 300 Stampin' Up! stamp sets are retiring May 31. Retired stamp sets will be available for purchase THRU May 31, 2012 and then they are GONE!

Retiring Stamp List by Page Number

ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT TO BUY WHAT'S LEFT OF RETIRING ACCESSORIES - SOME UP TO 70% OFF! Click below to see entire list. An "X" to the right of an item means it's no longer available.

Retiring Accessories by Page Number

ITEMS FROM THE OCCASIONS MINI YOU CAN STILL ORDER FOR 2 DAYS! Though the Occasions Mini ended April 30, you can still order from the list below until May 31, 2012.

Occasions Mini Carryover Items

Best of all, when you order $50 or more through my Online Store (open 24/7) you'll get a new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog shipped directly to your home. Sorry, this is only available to my U.S. customers. Just click the SHOP NOW button and you'll be able to view everything from the above items to the Clearance Rack (only available for shopping ONLINE), Digital Downloads, retiring Decor Elements and more.

If you have any questions, please contact me at or (360) 509-8041.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bordering on Romance and a $25 garage sale makeover

I used a Bordering on Romance card by LeeAnn Greff for my clubs this month, changing up the colors to Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Baja Breeze. We used the Doily sizzlit, along with an embossing folder (members could select the embossing folder of their choice).

It's been a busy few days. My hubby and I hit a few garage sales within a few miles of our house and found a few items - a $25 secretary being one of them. I've tried loading the before photo, but it turns out sideways! Here's the after photo:

I used a Home Depot paint color called Sunken Pool (Martha Stewart line), along with clear knobs I bought at the store. It's in my studio now, holding stamps and other items, along with some other furnishings I moved around yesterday. I'll show a photo of the studio later.

Don't forget that May 31 is the Last Day to order anything from the current catalog. If you want to see the list of Retiring Accessories (which dwindles every day), visit You'll find the list of Retiring Stamp, Decor Elements and Simply Adorned items, as well.

Also, the Starter Kit is only $99! You may select any product in the catalog up to $125. It's very cool to sign up online - you pick a category, like "ink pads" and they pop up so all you have to do is click on what you want. It's fabulous!!!

One last note, Stampin' Up! announced that if you're wishing to change uplines, the wait has been reduced from 6 months to only 3! Of course you'll get a new Demo I.D. number, lose any downline you may have, and start your career sales at zero, so keep that in mind.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Four Seasons show the Sky's the Limit for Monkey Challenge #110

I'm happy I had the opportunity to ink up this brand new hostess set coming out June 1 in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog called Four Seasons. The images spoke to me for this week's A La Card Monkey Challenge #110: Sky's the Limit + Sketch. Well, that, and they fit inside our punches. I love any stamp that fits inside a punch! Above, you can see the butterfly stamp in the set, as well as a 1" circle of Comfort Cafe dsp.

There are four big (and four little) stamps in the Four Seasons stamp set. Each one represents a season. I used the Midnight Muse (new In Color!) ink pad, heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, then added a bit of color with Summer Starfruit (another new In Color) and Baja Breeze markers. I used a Soft Suede marker on the nest, and added a tiny pearl to the bird's eye.

Here's a look at the whole card. I ran the Very Vanilla card front through the Elegant Lines embossing folder, and added dimensionals under the top elements.

The sentiment was stamped in Cajun Craze and I made a banner of it on a polka-dot embossed Midnight Muse card stock strip. I followed the sketch below, cutting four pieces of Comfort Cafe dsp for the bottom of the card front.]

Enjoy the long Memorial Weekend. I hope you'll remember those in the armed forces who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Whoo hoo! Blog candy time for 225 Followers

I've got some sweet treats for one of my Followers when I reach 225 Followers on this blog! My blog candy includes:
  • So Cute clear-mount stamp set
  • Black Flourish Designer Jewels
  • 3/8" Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon
  • personal tissue holder sewn (by me) out of Summer Smooches fabric
If you're already following me, then you don't have to do anything. You'll automatically be included in the drawing for this Blog Candy. You may choose to share this post with your friends - if they're not following me yet - so that I can reach 225 Followers quicker and give out the Blog Candy NOW. lol

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stamp show photos & Monkey Challenge #109

What a long day! There was a lot of driving and lifting and setting up, but I think my Stampin' Up! booth looks fabulous. Look for a few photos at the bottom of this post. Because it's time for another A La Card Monkey Challenge #109: Pure Joy + Sketch.

My photo didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped and it's getting late, so this will have to do. I stamped the popsicle from Mouthwatering in Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral on coordinating designer series paper. I also used each of those colors in linen thread for the little bows at the left. Simple, but sweet, I think. And, at least for my kids, with the summer coming up and many popsicles in their future - Pure Joy!

How cute is that elephant? If that isn't joy, I'm not sure what is. So you've seen my card. Now it's your turn! It's a simple sketch - just three rectangles with a sentiment (and you can add whatever embellishments you like!).

Now I promised some photos of the booth Kim B. and I are sharing all weekend.

Pretty cool, huh? Our booth is just inside the front door! We have loads of stamp sets (wood and clear mount), jumbo wheels, and much more. Hopefully you can come down to the Puyallup Fairgrounds (Pavilion Building) to take it all in and buy a bunch of stuff!

Here are ribbons, fabric personal tissue holders, mini albums, paper purses and notecards, stitched felt, black jewels, and glitter. 

Here's a stamp lamp I made using a mason jar. It holds two full stamp sets and is an actual working lamp. I also made the Twitterpated fabric flower headbands, and some chalkboard tags. The Twitterpated-covered oatmeal container and the tags were ideas I gleaned from Pinterest. I store hair clips with fabric flowers inside the oatmeal container.

Kim B.'s green door looks great with four ribbon wreaths I made on it.

I've got cards to add tomorrow in the card racks. My van was so packed with furniture there wasn't room for the containers of cards. Kim's purses are clipped onto the chicken wire frames with clothespins, her small resin table covered with new catalogs next to her tall card rack.

I made four chicken wire frames (a few were hanging on the lattice screen), but most of the room is filled with stamps. We had stamps everywhere. They were in bins Kim brought that made it easy for everyone to flip through the sets to easily grab the ones they wanted.

Kim and I received so many compliments on the set-up because it was so different from every other booth.

The next event where I'll have a booth will be the last weekend in July at Kingston's Mike Wallace Park on the waterfront. It's the Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A pre-congratulatory card from my business advisor

How many business advisors do you know who would send you a card, let alone make it? Since I hold a senior manager title as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, the company gives me access to a business advisor - Carlos. He made this cute card for me, congratulating me for earning the SU! getaway to Hilton Head, SC, but saying it's really a pre-congratulatory card for the grand vacation - to Fiji. I like the confidence! This Old Olive card uses a strip of Tempting Turquoise, and a Scallop Border punched strip of So Saffron. I love the linen thread, and the embossed buttons on the balloons. So simple, but so cute!

Dinoroar stamps with Patio Party dsp and Summer Starfruit

This Dinoroar card uses new Patio Party dsp, along with linen thread and the Modern Label Punch. The triceratops was colored in with a Summer Starfruit marker (new In Color) and Baja Breeze. It was a spur-of-the-moment make & take at our last American Ink team gathering.

A couple American Ink team swaps using new products

Pat's swap using new hostess set Carry On
Barb's swap using new dsp and stamps

Monday, May 14, 2012

Poppy Parade Flight of the Butterfly card

I'm a sucker for monochromatic cards. I'm drawn to them. This Whisper White and Poppy Parade card uses the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set, along with an Itty Bitty punch and a rhinestone. The Butterfly Punch is retiring too, so if you want one, buy it now! You can order it 24/7 through my website, and if your order ends up being at least $50, you'll also receive a FREE new catalog! I used this Deb Currier design here for a 10-card class.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's all girly-girl for Monkey Challenge #108

Being a girl is a lot of fun. I mean you can do anything you want, like wear your prettiest dress, put a fun hat on your head and stand on an alligator! Check out the sketch first, for A La Card Monkey Challenge #108: Girly + Sketch, then look at my card under that.

Can you imagine having your daughter pose like this? It's crazy, but oh what stories you could tell! lol

I had to start my girly card with a Vintage Wallpaper-embossed Pink Pirouette card front, some pretty designer paper, a Victoria crochet trim bow held on with a vintage trinket safety pin, and pearls.

I was thrilled to get the Patio Party dsp FREE as part of a bundle for recruiting during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration event earlier this year. In another FREE bundle - this time for having the title of senior manager - I received Betsy's Blossoms and the new 2012-2014 In Color Markers (see the Raspberry Ripple on the bird from that stamp set, along with Midnight Muse on the Itty Bitty Banner sentiment. The second largest Label Framelit is what I used to diecut the shape behind the bird.

I stamped the bird twice, cut out his wing and added dimensionals underneath. Then I replaced his vacant-looking white eye with a pearl. All of the above may be found in the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog! I have boxes and boxes here at home, so if you want one, let me know. My club members will receive a special spiral-bound catalog - my treat! There's still time to place a $50+ order online through my website (click on the icon in the left-hand column) to get a free new catalog. It'll be shipped separately from your order - but via priority mail.

One last thing: I went to a garage sale with my hubby and a neighbor today and found the stuff pictured above. I love old things - especially stuff used in the kitchen and that still have a little paint left on them. I also love the wood-handled screwdriver and the cast-iron fan. The only thing I'm not sure of is the domed metal container on the left. It has thin metal handles on the top and bottom and pulls apart. Do you know what it was used for? Please let me know, if you do! I'd appreciate it. Have a wonderful weekend... and a Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Glittery Upsy Daisy card

This Upsy Daisy card was one of the designs at a 10-card class this week. It's all Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso - including the jumbo brads. I'll miss this stamp set, as it's on the Retiring List (visit here to see everything retiring May 31). I applied the Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a 2-way glue pen.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Just Eat Cake dsp with punched cupcake? Yum!

How about a quick and cute punched cupcake card? I was going to stamp the cupcake parts and then punch them out, but I could find my Create a Cupcake stamp set. Hopefully it'll turn up. I CASE'd another Deb Currier card. This card is all Just Eat Cake dsp, the banner from the Petal Cone die and the Cupcake Builder Punch

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Berry Blossom striped butterfly card

I love the beautiful simplicity of this Stripes-embossed Whisper White card. I CASE'd this from Deb Currier. My 2-inch circle features Berry Blossom dsp, along with a Wisteria Wonder butterfly diecut with the butterflies embosslit. I'm trying to use up my rhinestone brads, so that's what we used at my 10-card class yesterday. The sentiment is from A Word For You.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Crafting festive ribbon wreaths for Puyallup festival

I didn't realize it'd been a few days since I've posted. Time flies when you're crafting! I've been creating for hours every day, preparing for the Heirloom Rubber Stamps & Paper Arts Festival May 19-20 in Puyallup, and the Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival in July in Kingston. I've made a few ribbon wreaths in the past couple of days. I've got photos of two of them. Both use wire forms with four rings, and were purchased at an area craft store for $2.50 and $1.99. The top wreath is medium, and the one below is small.

When my hubby saw the top wreath hanging on the wall, he thought it looked like it had American flags on it. It does have some red and white striped ribbon, along with some polka-dotted ribbon, but I just used up ends of rolls of ribbon I've had laying around for awhile. Same thing with the Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black wreath above. It does have some Basic Gray taffeta and striped Old Olive ribbons. If you're going to use new rolls of ribbon, I believe the medium wreath uses 7 rolls, and the small one uses about 4. It really depends on the ribbon width, though. Each wreath only took me about 1-1/2 hours to complete. I tie each ribbon on, but don't knot it.

I'm looking forward to the Puyallup show. I have a couple of friends helping with the booth set-up, to make it look more like a vintage boutique. I've been making a variety of items - garden stakes, chalkboard tags, fabric personal tissue holders, candy items and more. There will be a little something for everyone, including lots of retired stamps, punches, ink pads, ribbons, buttons and stitched felt items. If you're going to be in the area, I hope you'll come by and say "Hi" at the shows!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fruit & Flowers for Monkey Challenge #107

This close-up of my card for the A La Card Monkey challenge this week is to show that I stamped off on the flowers for the Curly Label sentiment from Friendly Phrases.

This is the first time I've used the Fruit & Flowers stamp set. I had to mount it so I could use it for this card. I was going to stamp the strawberry in the circles, but figured they were too big, so I went with a flower in the stamp set instead. Then there's a big rhinestone in the middle of each for a little bling.

Here's the sketch! It's pretty cute, right? My card came together quickly (once the stamps were mounted). I've had a nice day. I got more crafting done for the May 19-20 Heirloom Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival in Puyallup, some labels made for retired punches I have to sell, and made a batch of chocolate donuts for my hubby and kids. It's the first time I tried making the chocolate icing. They said it tasted good. It just used powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa, water, honey, and vanilla. Here's a photo of the donuts, made with a can of Pillsbury Grands refrigerator biscuits:

I got this idea off of Pinterest! I'm diggin' that site. Okay, enough about me and my day. I hope you have a great day.

How to make a Designer Rosette - the easy way

I've had the Designer Rosette die from the Occasions Mini for months now, but just used it yesterday to make some big rosettes for a craft fair I'm doing this month. I thought I could make one rosette from one 12" x 12" piece of designer paper, so I cut up a few sheets and ran them through. I used a hot-glue gun to adhere the ends together, but when I tried to close the rosette, it felt tight. Too tight. I ended up ripping a couple! That's frustrating, to say the least.

So I'm sharing this short Stampin' Up! video with you to show you the proper way to get excellent results without tearing your paper. Let me know how it works for you! I'm happy....

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Occasions Mini stamp sets are still available!

If you love the sets in the Occasions Mini Catalog, you are in luck! Because of the short time period between the end of the Occasions Mini Catalog and the launch of the 2012-2013 annual catalog, Stampin' Up! has decided to make the carryover stamp sets available early--starting today!

The following stamp sets are available for purchase. I hope you will enjoy this extra little sneak peak to the annual catalog. You can view the carryover items when you click on the Occasions Mini graphic in my right-hand column. You may email me with your order at, or place an Online Order through my store at If you go that route, don't forget Clearance Rack items too!!!

Stamp Set Name
Item Number
Baby Prints
Love & Laughter
Bordering on Romance
Apothecary Art
Mixed Bunch
Tea Shoppe
Loving Thoughts
Salon de thé
Etiquetas florales
Art floral

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Starter Kit is a BARGAIN at $99

Create your own Starter Kit for only $99! You can get started TODAY by joining my American Ink family of demonstrators here.

This new lower-priced, fully customizable kit will give you the perfect start to your business—your way! For just $99, you will get to choose up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products—stamps, accessories, tools, digital downloads, and more! Each kit will also include a business supplies pack valued at $65, for a total kit value of $190. Better yet? The kit still ships for free!

Please note that with the introduction of the new Starter Kit, the current Starter Kit—with its different options and add-ons—will no longer be available. If you want to take advantage of the current kit option, you will need to place your order by April 30, 2012, 11:50 PM (MT).